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Ask Gerry Cooney - Feb. 21, 2013

Compiled by Allan Scotto

Hey, fans! Welcome to “Ask Gerry Cooney,” where you get to ask former heavyweight contender “Gentleman” Gerry Cooney any boxing-related question you’d like. Your questions for Gerry’s review will be featured at every Thursday morning.

Each week, Gerry will answer as many of your questions as he can on the Sirius XM radio show, “Friday Night at The Fights,” a show that Gerry co-hosts with Randy “The Commish” Gordon, the former Chairman of the New York State Athletic Commission.
The show airs every Friday on Sirius channel 92 and XM channel 208 from 6 – 8 p.m., Eastern Standard Time.
Please submit your questions to
Our first question comes from Ricky T., who asks:
Hey, Gerry, it looks like Floyd Mayweather jumped from HBO to Showtime. How much do you think that will affect both networks and in what way?
Our next question comes from Bernard Campbell, who asks:
How come WBA featherweight champ Chris John gets no meaty featherweight fights? What causes this to happen in boxing?
Gerry answered the following questions on last week’s show:
Our first question came from Steve Filarmo, who asked:
Allan, Gerry and Randy, wouldn’t it be in order to get an ophthalmologist to address eye issues and to make a judgment in the ring rather than a regular physician? After witnessing Mike Mollo’s fight recently, one has to wonder.
Gerry did not feel it was necessary for an ophthalmologist to be present at ringside. He also felt a medical doctor can tell whether or not the fighter can continue. Randy pointed out that when he was the commissioner in New York, he would normally have three doctors working the card and would not object to having one of them be an ophthalmologist.
Our next question came from Jimmy Rodgers, who asked:
Gerry, what do you think of today’s heavyweights? Personally, I think the heavyweights were much better in your era. Do you agree?
Gerry does agree. He feels in his era, heavyweights more or less carried boxing but now, the emphasis is shifting to the lighter weight classes.
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